Part 2: Compare and contrast the Coulomb Testimony with other testimony:
Apr 18, 2006 10:22 AM
First, I give below Emma Coulomb's basic explanation for the
appearances of the Masters:
Later] in one of [her good] moods [Madame Blavatsky] called me up
and told me: "See if you can make a head of human size and place
it on that divan," pointing to a sofa in her room, " and merely put
a sheet round it; it would have a magic effect by moonlight." What
can this mean? I wondered. But knowing how disagreeable she could
make herself if she was stroked on the wrong side, I complied with
her wish. She cut a paper pattern of the face I was to make, which
I still have; on this I cut the precious lineaments of the beloved
Master, but, to my shame, I must say that, after all my trouble of
cutting, sewing, and stuffing, Madame said that it looked like an
old Jew---I suppose she meant Shylock. Madame, with a graceful
touch here and there of her painting brush, gave it a little better
appearance. But this was only a head, without bust, and could not
very well be used, so I made a jacket, which I doubled, and between
the two cloths I placed stuffing, to form the shoulders and chest;
the arms were only to the elbow, because, when the thing was tried
on, we found the long arm would be in the way of him who had to
carry it. This beauty finished, made Madame quite another person.
Let us see for what purpose the doll was made. This was to give a
convincing and material proof of the existence of the brothers [the
Mahatmas], as their (said) invisible presence did not fully satisfy
Among the many apparitions to which this doll has been instrumental,
I will choose one seen by Mr. Ramaswamier, in December, 1881. The
Mahatma he saw in his astral body on the balcony at the head-
quarters of the Theosophical Society in Bombay, on the memorable
night of December, 1881, was no one else than Monsieur Coulomb, with
the doll's head on his own.
The doll plays the greatest part in these apparitions, and, as I
have already explained, it is carried on somebody's head; but at
times it is placed on the top of a long bamboo, and raised to show
that it is an astral body; but when the doll has not been at hand,
even a white cloth wrapped round the person who was to perform the
Mahatma was at times used, and answered the purpose.
Now from Hodgson's account, he writes also about this "dummie" head:
I was left without any doubt that the appearances [of the Mahatmas]
might have been well produced by [Monsieur] Coulomb in disguise. I
have seen [Monsieur] Coulomb disguised as a Mahatma, and can
understand that the figure may have been very impressive. A dummy
head (with shoulders), like that of a Hindu, with beard, &c. and
fehta [turban], is worn on the top of the head of the person
disguised. A long flowing muslin garment falls down in front, and
by holding the folds very slightly apart, the wearer is enabled to
see, and to speak also, if necessary. I do not think it in the
least degree likely that any of the witnesses would have penetrated
this disguise had the figure been even much nearer than it was, and
the light much better.
I cannot regard Colonel Olcott's testimony as of any scientific
value. In particular, his testimony to the alleged "astral"
appearance [of the Mahatma Morya] in New York proves, in my opinion,
no more than that he saw someone in his room, who may have been an
ordinary Hindu, or some other person, disguised, as a Mahatma for
the purpose, and acting for Madame Blavatsky. And the same may be
said of all his testimony to apparitions of Mahatmas.
I need not here say much on the other alleged appearances of
Mahatmas, in either their ordinary physical or their "astral"
bodies. A confederate in disguise is generally an easy and
sufficient explanation of them.
Now contrast and compare his explanations with Colonel Olcott's
testimony some of which can be found at:
And to be more specific, see this account by Olcott:
....On the evening of 4th August , a Mahatma [Master Morya]
visited HPB, and I was called in to see him before he left. He
dictated a long and important letter to an influential friend of
ours at Paris, and gave me important hints about the management of
current [Theosophical] Society affairs.
I was sent away before his visit terminated, and as I left him
sitting in HPB's room, I cannot say whether his departure was a
phenomenal disappearance or not....
Now are we to suppose that this Mahatma was Mon. Coulomb with
dummmie on head?
Remember Hodgson said:
A long flowing muslin garment falls down in front, and by holding
the folds very slightly apart, the wearer is enabled to see, and to
speak also, if necessary. I do not think it in the least degree
likely that any of the witnesses would have penetrated this disguise
had the figure been even much nearer than it was, and the light much
Remember the dummie had fake eyes, the mouth would not move when the
"dummie" talked.....etc. etc.
Would Olcott see the obvious especially when he was in the same
room carrying on a conversation with the Mahatma?
Many other observations and points could be made simply by
contrasting and comparing Coulomb's and Hodgson's account with
Olcott's firsthand testimony not to mention the testimony of other
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